It is small and deluxe, with top of the line appliances, a gourmet kitchen, a full projection screen to watch your favourite movies, and an outdoor patio. This and more comes standard with the L41.
Architect, Michael Katz, and Artist/Designer, Judith Corne, explain that while the home is versatile and affordable compared to conventionally-sized houses, it was "conceived for a generation that understands small is beautiful, and that believes in the importance of the preservation of our precious resources."
They explain further that Instead of doing what most small houses do - sacrificing the kitchen and providing a kitchenette - the L41 does the exact opposite, containing all of the appliances you would expect in a full size home including a washing machine that does double-duty by drying your clothes as well, a fridge elegantly placed under the counter, a convection oven and microwave, and a slide out overhead fan. The modernist and minimal space also features generous countertops of reconstituted quartz and ample storage.
In the living room there is space for a couch that converts to a bed, coffee table, chairs and a computer desk. Blinds can be pulled for complete privacy or used as a backdrop for projections. A custom-created sliding door that disappears into the side of the unit provides full access to an outdoor deck. Outside, the L41 generates and stores solar electricity on-site through photovoltaic and solar thermal heating and cooling cells on its green roof.
The L41 can be standalone or configured as modules, "stacked in multiple variations as duplexes, six-plexes, or clustered into villages of multiple units around garden-courtyards, medium-rise buildings or high-rises." Constructed of Cross-laminated Timber (CLT), a solid wood product that can be used as "a substitute for concrete in mid-rise buildings." In addition to the 220 sq.ft. studio, there are a 290 sq.ft. 1-Bedroom and a 360 sq.ft. 2-Bedroom unit.
The Interior Design Show West runs from September 29th to October 2nd, at the new Vancouver Convention Centre West.